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CPRE Staffordshire Green Schools award scheme

Members of the eco club with the trophy Members of the eco club with the trophy Sarah Burgess

Kingsmead School in Hednesford has been awarded the 2019 CPRE Staffordshire Schools’ Trophy in recognition of its work in protecting and rescuing hedgehogs, repairing and improving its school pond and creating a wildflower meadow.

The school rescues hedgehogs with the West Midlands Hedgehog rescue group and students have learnt about responsible breeding and releasing hedgehogs to the wild. The school recently held a community day when staff, students and members of the public helped build feeding stations and houses for rescue hedgehogs and repair the school pond. The £50 prize money will be put forward towards looking after injured  or rescued hedgehogs that cannot be released.

Volunteers from the community and the Eco group of students have been involved in repairing the school pond, which houses a population of more than 30 newts. Kingsmead must also be one of the few schools with two pet sheep and a number of chickens in its school quad - in addition to Mr Prickles, the resident hedgehog.

Mary Booth, chairman of CPRE Staffordshire, presented the school with an engraved trophy and £50 to contribute towards their environmental work on 25 September.

All schools in the county were invited to enter the competition, which is run annually by CPRE Staffordshire. The charity was on the look-out for inspiring projects that contribute to the protection, conservation or improvement of the local environment, for example through practical conservation work, energy-saving or waste reduction/recycling, promoting walking, cycling or scooting to school, litter-picking, or any other original idea. 

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